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    National Seashore New York

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  • Pet Restrictions in Effect March 15 through Labor Day

    Dogs/other pets (except for service animals) are not allowed in the wilderness or on any of Fire Island's federally owned oceanfront beaches from March 15 through Labor Day to help protect threatened and endangered beach-nesting shorebirds. More »

  • Backcountry Camping Permit and Access Procedures

    Reservations for required permits must be obtained through www.recreation.gov. Due to the breach at Old Inlet, access to both east and west wilderness camping zones must now be from Watch Hill or points west, and involve a 1½ to 8 mile hike. More »

  • Attention Watch Hill Ferry Passengers

    Due to channel conditions, delay or cancellation of ferry service between Patchogue and Watch Hill may occur. For updated ferry schedule information, please call 631-475-1665.

July 4th Program at Home of William Floyd, Signer of Declaration of Independence

William Floyd Collage

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News Release Date: June 30, 2011
Contact: William Floyd Estate, 631-399-2030

On Monday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m., Fire Island National Seashore is offering a program about the life and times of one of New York's four signers of the Declaration of Independence. Patriot William Floyd dared to sign this historic document despite the risk of losing his house, his property, and even his head! But did he really sign on the fourth of July?

William Floyd (December 17, 1734 - August 4, 1821) was a delegate from New York in the First Continental Congress in 1774. As a member of the Second Continental Congress, from 1775-1783, 41-year-old William Floyd was the first of the New York delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776.

The 1-hour talk will take place on the porch of the Old Mastic House, located at the William Floyd Estate, 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, New York 11951. Parking is free and there is no fee for this program or for guided house tours, which are offered from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. For directions or more information, call 631-399-2030.

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